Tuckin’ Hell – Part 7

Tom Pringle (@PedroiasFace) will be covering the Padres during the season. His updates won’t be game-recaps, more like weekly or monthly recaps. If you don’t get the twist on words in the title, you’re dead to him.

What Happened?

Our plucky Padres wasted a good start from Cosart, to let “Red Hot” Eric Sogard hit when first base was open. Which lead to an eventual loss to the Brewers.

Then they welcomed the “Red Hot” (is everyone but the Padres Red Hot?) Diamondbacks to Petco, allowing a total of 19 runs over twogames, with 13 of those runs all coming in the first innings of the games. The bullpen didn’t stand a chance, so much so the now DFA’d Sardinas ended up pitching to try and get through the massacre. The final game in the series against the D’backs saw the Padres rally behind a sterling out from Clayton Richard with a 5-1 win.

What went wrong?

Jered Weaver, again. This time he couldn’t even get out of the 1st inning, recording just two outs. He has since been put on the DL with something that clearly is a false injury while the Padres front office decide to do. If I was a betting man, I would say the Padres will be watching that waiver wire very closely for any pitcher that can last at least 4 innings. These 4 games have seen the Padres starters ERA drop from 14th best to 24th best.

The offence only managed 13 hits and four runs against the Brewers and two stints against the D’Backs, with the usual suspects picking up the low tally of hits.

We’ve seen a lack of offence and some good quality bullpen meltdowns. Were there any positives?

What went right?

Jarred Cosart looked stable in his return from the DL, Clayton Richard was excellent in helping stabilise the team and more importantly give the bullpen a night off. 

Apart from the usual suspects getting the few hits the team had over the last four days, that’s about it. Hmm…

What’s next?

A well deserved day off, followed by an east coast trip to face the Mets, the Nationals and then returning to Petco for the Cubs. This could be a tough nine days for our Padres, potentially without Cahill and the gap (well, maybe a tiny crack) that Weaver leaves. This could be the time we see some prospects get the call.

The Great All-Rounder Experiment Will Austin Hedges Ever Hit Again? How long will Jankowski last in the lineup? Days until Weaver is DFA’d?

It’s coming, the Padres just need to decide when they will require Lamet to answer the call. Don’t be surprised if he makes the move after his start on Tuesday.
Until next time, here’s some numbers that I’ll keep updated for the year.

Stats: (Positions in brackets for all qualified players in MLB)

Win/Loss – 16-30 .348

Individual Stats:

Batt Avg. Leader – W. Myers .278 (64th)

OBP Leader – W. Myers .323 (103rd)

OPS Leader – W. Myers .862 (41st)
Starter ERA – T. Cahill 3.27 (27th)

Strikeouts – T. Cahill 51 (28th)

Relievers WHIP – J. Torres 0.91 (27th)
Team Stats:

Batting AVG. – .219 (30th)

OBP – .287 (30th)

OPS – .657 (29th)
ERA (Starter) – 4.71 (24th)

ERA (Relievers) – 5.06 (27th)

Strikeouts – 369 (11th)

WHIP (Relievers) – 1.41 (19th)

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